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Grammy 2012: Bruno Mars lights it up at rehearsals

Grammy 2012: Bruno Mars lights it up at rehearsals
Here's one way to get your name up in lights at the Grammys -- bring your own marquee to the stage.

It was like the Apollo Theatre of Figueroa Street on Friday when the rehearsal stage for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards was given over to a wall of flickering light bulbs and a giant marquee that read: "Live on Stage Bruno Mars."

The pyro and giant spotlights that accompanied the signage will give the 26-year-old Mars the most incandescent production of the Sunday night broadcast on CBS, but the music he brings with him lives up to the look-at-me glare. 

His practice run-throughs of "Runaway Baby" were high-adrenaline, brassy adventures in old-school revue entertainment. It's safe to say that the late, great James Brown would have approved if he saw the dance moves and heard the stage yelps. 

The number, it turns out, is one that Mars (who is up for six Grammys) and Grammy executive producer Ken Erhlich discussed for more than a year. "It's a song I loved when I went to see him in concert and we talked about it last year," Ehrlich said between takes at Friday rehearsals.

"It's going to really grab people." At rehearsals, Mars, in sunglasses with jacket sleeves rolled up, cut loose with whiplash energy even though he was playing to thousands of empty seats. "Everybody stand up!" He yelled and then, when he saw a gaggle of fans in distant corner of venue he laughed. "I got seven of you!"

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Photo: Bruno Mars in November 2011. Credit: Matt Sayles/ Associated Press

MTV VMAs: Russell Brand pays tribute to Amy Winehouse

Russell Brand tribute to Amy Winehouse
MTV had Russell Brand introduce the Bruno Mars-anchored tribute to Amy Winehouse, and with little time Brand gave a rather passionate, honest speech. It echoed his "For Amy" eulogy that he posted online, and he recognized Winehouse as "not just another person milling about waiting to be famous."

Brand noted Winehouse's unique voice as one that could stop a person in his tracks, and retold the tale of being taken by surprise by Winehouse as he was on his way to see Paul Weller. He name-checked Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, and took the time to stress that Winehouse wasn't addled by addiction but infected with a disease. "A lot of people just get the disease," Brand said, "not the talent." 

Brand then introduced Tony Bennett, who gave a short preview of his upcoming "Duets II," which features Winehouse and Bennett tackling jazz/soul classic "Body and Soul." It felt a little promotional, but the teaser showed Winehouse looking as healthy as she ever had, so it ultimately struck a bittersweet tone.

If there was a major flaw in MTV's tribute to Winehouse, it was booking Mars to sing "Valerie," a Zutons song that Winehouse covered with Mark Ronson. Mars is a suitable pop chameleon, and Winehouse was anything but. He's a featherweight star, and though Mars isn't going to embarrass anyone's legacy, the performance never hinted at the outsize personality of the late star.

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 Photo: Russell Brand. Credit: Matt Sayles/Associated Press

Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Carrie Underwood, Sting tapped for iHeartRadio Music Festival

Billed as "the biggest live music event in radio history," the two-day festival, set for the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in September, also features Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj and Kelly Clarkson.

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Though summer has already had its fair share of big-ticket, multiday festivals, Clear Channel is kicking off fall with what it's billing as "the biggest live music event in radio history."

The radio conglomerate on Monday announced the lineup for the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Festival, and the roster for the two-day festival, set for Sept. 23 and 24 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, is quite the who’s who among Top 40.

Night 1 features performances by Coldplay, Alicia Keys, the Black Eyed Peas, John Mayer, Carrie Underwood, Bruno Mars and Jane's Addiction. While Night 2 has Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Kenny Chesney, Nicki Minaj, Rascal Flatts, Kelly Clarkson, David Guetta, Sublime with Rome and special guest performances by Sting and Usher.

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Bruno Mars launches rhythm-based iPhone app

Bruno_mars_gameplay Fans of Bruno Mars can now play along with the Grammy award winner in a new rhythm-based iPhone and iPod game.

“Bruno Mars Revenge,” released Monday from Tapulous (now part of Disney Mobile), is inspired by the tracks and artwork from his platinum debut album “Doo-Wops & Hooligans.”
The app challenges users to tap along to 10 tracks from the album, including “Grenade,” “Just the Way You Are,” “The Lazy Song” and “Marry You.”

Like the other games in the bestselling “Tap Tap Revenge” series, the goal is to tap each of the colored balls when they reach a line at the bottom of the screen. Points are accumulated by speed and accuracy.

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BMI's How I Wrote That Song panel offers a glimpse into the magic of hitmaking [Video]

The songwriters behind smash hits from Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Britney Spears and Beyonce discuss how they wrote the hits at a roundtable event.

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It came as a bit of a surprise to see the line of eager last-minute ticket buyers and attendees stretching down the block outside West Hollywood’s Key Club on Saturday. Although Cee Lo Green, Seal and the Neptunes’ Chad Hugo were inside, they weren’t performing. Instead, they were talking songwriting along with lesser-known, behind-the-scenes hit authors Bonnie McKee, BC Jean and Claude Kelly during BMI’s How I Wrote That Song panel.

The writers behind the sticky hooks and melodies that reigned in pop and R&B sat down with Grammy-winning producer Dallas Austin and BMI Vice President Catherine Brewton for an in-depth discussion on the particulars of their respective hits.

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Grammy Awards: Bruno Mars celebrates his seven nominations at the Smeezingtons party at Bardot

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One doesn't really appreciate the potential of Bruno Mars until you see him perform in a casual setting -- like Bardot in Hollywood on Friday night, with friends, family and the famous surrounding him in the intimate room. It's here where Mars, 25, shines. Though still young, he has been a music fanatic and performer for more than two decades -- he impersonated Elvis Presley at age 4 -- and it shows from his song selection and his easy interaction with his audience. Over the course of the final 15 minutes of performance, Mars, wearing his trademark fedora, ripped through Prince's "Kiss," Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally," slipped in the occasional Bob Marley quote, before landing at Otis Redding's "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay." (This reporter arrived late -- Cee Lo Green and Big Boi were performing at Club Nokia across town, and difficult decisions had to be made -- and therefore missed the Far East Movement's performance with Mars.)

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